My girlfriend and I want a pet, so I thought I’d return to my childhood by getting a hamster. But she convinced me to try a guinea pig. Apparently, they’re diurnal, friendly, non-biters. But I still have a few questions:
Do they smell? We live in a 3-room, 800 sq ft apartment so it’s not like I can put it in the basement or the wash room.
How much maintainence do they take? The hamster was easy. I just had to dump the wood chips in a trash bag every friday. Food and water too, obviously, but that was trivial.
Do I absolutely have to get 2? All the websites recommend it, but they’re all written by animal-lovers. I’m sure they’d recommend that I get 30 if they thought I’d swallow that. One even went so far as to say “[guinea pigs] can die of loneliness”. I’m preeeetty sure that’s bull, but hey, that’s what you guys are for. We’ve agreed to get females, though, so we don’t have to worry about one killing the other.
Any random advice about selecting a good one, taking care of it, etc?